Hey guys, well it has been ages since I posted here! I’ve actually had about six posts sitting in my drafts for months but haven’t feel inclined to publish them. I get the feeling that a lot of sewing bloggers are questioning blogging lately, as my Bloglovin feed seems to have decreased. For me there are lots of considerations involved – the lack of interaction on blogs compared to instagram, privacy concerns in this crazy world we are now living in, the actual effort it takes to compile a post, a fear of being judged negatively by readers who don’t know me personally – and it may sound vain, but unsatisfaction with my photos is a big one! I don’t get much time to take them and when I download them onto my computer there is always something off with the garment (or me!), like a turned up hem, which is frustrating because I feel like it makes the whole garment look crap.
Anyway… I do really, really enjoy all the blogs I read – most of them sewing related. Sitting in bed each morning scrolling through my feed (with coffee!), eases me into the day. If all those smaller blogs just stopped I would be gutted. So with those thoughts in mind I got the urge to publish one of those dormant posts today. Definitely not perfect pictures, but hopefully a minute or two of interest for you.
So, last year I made this top:
…but wasn’t really happy with the fabric/pattern combo (too sheer) so haven’t worn it much. Actually there were a few things I didn’t like, for instance it is a bit short and I would prefer the armholes were a bit wider on the shoulder. I planned to make it again with a few modifications and bought this fabric, which I LOVE. I can’t say why really… it’s a light cotton that feels lovely.
While I was pregnant I became desperate to sew non-maternity clothes and decided that a shirt would be useful post-pregnancy. I was so impatient that I decided to forgo the alterations and just cut into the fabric. I kind-of regretted that later, but you shouldn’t be mean to a pregnant women so I wont criticise past-Naomi’s decision!
Anyway, here is the finished top.
It was easy to make but I did one stupid thing, which was to cut the back piece as two rather than on the fold, so it is a tiny bit narrower than it should be… oops. Here’s what it looks like on.
A) Unfortunately my hair is covering all the collar detail, hopefully you get the gist from the hanger photo.
B) Duhhhhh, I forgot to do up a button! As a result there is a lovely big excess-fabric cross (possibly also caused by being tucked in). Honestly it is a big effort to brush my hair and take photos so I couldn’t be bothered taking more by the time I found out. I realise that makes me sound like a crap blogger – sorry I will do better next time!
I also made the skirt and felt like it had turned out quite nice, but these photos indicate a few fit issues so I will have to see if there’s anything I can do to improve it. I guess those pull lines indicate a too big booty and the darts on the front are a bit puffy. Actually I think the shirt doesn’t look that fab in these photos but it looks pretty good in real life so maybe you can all just come round for a barbeque (with sewing) sometime and check it out properly?